Maybe they hope we’ll forget by then?
Fukushima is the site of the infamous nuclear plant that was damaged by a tsunami in 2011. The cooling pools were damaged, as were the nuclear rods, which led the structures to melt down. To stop the meltdown from continuing, the authorities decided to use seawater to cool the rods, which only works for a short period of time before the newly-contaminated seawater must be replaced.
So what do you do with the radioactive seawater?
They’ve been storing it in above-ground tanks on site. They have about one thousand of the tanks, with over one million tons of water in storage, and are running out of space. Over the years they have been filtering the water, but it can only take so much radiation out. Now they plan to mix the radioactive water with regular seawater and then release it into the Pacific Ocean in 2022, after the Olympics.
What’s the worst that could happen?